Samir Nasri has been one of the big sensations of La Liga this season since arriving at Sevilla on loan from Manchester City.
The 29-year-old wanted to rediscover his love for football and has done just that under coach Jorge Sampaoli, forming a devastating midfield trident with countryman Steven N’Zonzi and Spain international Vitolo.
And it should come as no surprise that Sevilla wouldn’t mind keeping him. Nasri himself is said to be loving life in Nervion, in a climate that reminds him of his native Marseille.
According to El Confidencial, Nasri has told his agent Alain Migliaccio that he would not mind a longer stay in Seville, and Migliaccio has transmitted that message to Manchester City chiefs.
Sevilla do not have an option to buy Nasri, but the Frenchman has himself revealed that City would sell for an “acceptable figure”. That would be in the region of €25 million (£21 million), it is reported, and Samir is enjoying his new life so much, he’d be willing to take a significant drop in wages to see a permanent deal happen.
The official line from Sevilla is that they are focusing on the present, but within the corridors of power, they are already considering a huge outlay to sign Nasri. Much could depend on whether they return to the Champions League next year, but with a four point advantage over 4th placed Villarreal, the signs are good.
Many City fans would love Nasri back at the club to work with Pep Guardiola, but current indications are that his love affair with Sevilla will continue beyond the 2016-17 season.